Lucknow Hazratganj Walking Tour (Self Guided), Lucknow

Hazratganj is a major shopping area located in the heart of Lucknow. In 2010-2011 a major beautification drive took place in Hazratganj and now it resembles a Victorian era walkways with bright lamps, benches and fountains. This area features many wonderful tourist attractions that are certainly worth seeing.
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Lucknow Hazratganj Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Lucknow Hazratganj Walking Tour
Guide Location: India » Lucknow (See other walking tours in Lucknow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 Km or 4.7 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Joseph's Cathedral Church
  • Gandhi Statue
  • Sardar Patel Statue
  • Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha
  • The General Post Office Building
  • Christ Church
  • Lucknow Zoo
  • State Museum
  • Ambedkar Memorial Park
  • Sikandar Bagh
  • Botanic Garden 
  • Shah Najaf Imambara
  • Moti Mahal
St. Joseph's Cathedral Church

1) St. Joseph's Cathedral Church (must see)

St. Joseph’s Cathedral Church is the biggest church in Lucknow and a definite must-see attraction. Established in 1860, this church represents an example of a modern architecture rather uncommon for religious buildings in India. The premises feature a wide stairway and a figure of Jesus on the façade.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am-6:30pm
Gandhi Statue

2) Gandhi Statue

In the Sardar Patel Park, not far from the General Post Office Building, there is a monument dedicated to the great leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. An arch surrounds this statue with a stairway on each of its four sides. Mahatma Gandhi is portrayed in his usual, modest manner of presenting himself. This monument often becomes the place of official meetings and celebrations.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sardar Patel Statue

3) Sardar Patel Statue

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a great man, devoted patriot, loving husband and an incomparable barrister. All his life he dreamed to become a lawyer, but had no money to attend universities. His courage and passion gave him strength to study on his own and he managed to pass all the exams. The statue in his memory is placed in the Sardar Patel Park to bring tribute to his kind personality and all the wonderful things he had done during his life. He helped other people, fought for their freedom and rights, giving them hope for a better future. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is known in India as the “Man of Steel”.
Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha

4) Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha

Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha is the Legislative Assembly Building of the Uttar Pradesh province. This imposing structure took six years to complete. The works started in 1922 and the foundation stone was laid by Sir Harcourt Butler, the first governor of Uttar Pradesh (then “the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh”). The building, made of Mirzapur sandstone, features a beautiful unique dome, as well as amazing decorative pillars and arches. Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha houses two of the state legislatures.
The General Post Office Building

5) The General Post Office Building

The General Post Office Building has witnessed significant moments in the history of India's freedom struggle. Originally, this building was designed to be a British theater, and no Indians were allowed inside. In 1932 the structure became the headquarters of the General Post Office. The GPO building features Gothic architectural elements, a large beautiful hall in the center and a clock tower on the top of it. There is a three-cornered lawn with colorful flowerbeds in front of the building.
Christ Church

6) Christ Church

Christ Church was established in the second half of the 19th century. It was designed and built by General Hutchinson as a memorial to those who were killed during the Indian Rebellion. In 1904 the church was enlarged and renovated. Its beautiful arched doorways and windows create an impression of harmony and lightness. The graceful building features a three-story bell tower, stained glass triptych murals and other art pieces that visitors may enjoy.
Lucknow Zoo

7) Lucknow Zoo (must see)

Receiving around one million visitors each year, this 71.6-acre park is home to 97 species of mammals, reptiles and birds, including the Royal Bengal Tiger, Lion, Hoolock Gibbon, Himalayan Black Bear, Indian Rhinoceros, Black Buck, Asiatic Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Common Otters, Hill Mynahs, Giant Squirrels, Great Pied Hornbill, etc. The Zoo is successfully breeding Swamp Deer, Black Buck, Hog Deer and Barking Deer, White Tiger, Indian Wolf and several pheasants.

Another attraction at the Zoo is a Toy Train consisting of an engine and two passenger coaches. It was a gift from the Railway Board that was inaugurated on Children's Day on 14 November 1969. The track is almost a mile long (1.5 km) and has got crossings and signals. You can ride this train to almost every section of the Zoo.
Sight description based on wikipedia
State Museum

8) State Museum

The Uttar Pradesh State Museum has been located on the territory of the Lucknow Zoo since 1963. The museum was originally established with a collection that focused on the Avadh arts and displays pertaining to Indian customs, habits and mythology. Gradually, the museum’s collection expanded to include antiquities from Kapilavastu, the place where Gautama Buddha grew up. Today, this has developed into a multipurpose museum with sculptures, paintings, natural history and anthropological specimens, coins, textiles and decorative arts, dating as far back as the 6th century B.C. From the large number of displayed objects, several hundreds are rare and of great value. Among those are a wine jar from the 17th century with a name inscription of Aurangzeb Alamgir, a jade chamakali with the name Jahangir and the year 1036 AD, a 16th century painting of a scene from the Kalpasutra, a 16th century copy of the Harivamsha in Persian with nine illustrations, rare silver and gold coins, a prehistoric anthropomorphic figure and a fossilized plant. Visitors of the museum are especially thrilled to see an Egyptian mummy and a wooden sarcophagus from the year 1000 BC displayed there.

Opening hours: 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Closed on Mondays and certain holidays.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ambedkar Memorial Park

9) Ambedkar Memorial Park (must see)

Dr Ambedkar Gomti Park or Ambedkar Memorial was constructed in honor of many Indian leaders who dedicated their lives to humanity, equality and social justice. The entire park is built with red sandstone brought from the Rajasthan state. It cost approximately seven billion Rupees. In the center of the park, there is a massive Musical Fountain which is very exciting and worth seeing at night.

Why You Should Visit:
Never too crowded, with amazing lighting in the evenings. You can easily relax here, though roaming the entire park requires plenty of energy.

The best time to visit is evenings & rain, but remember to bring your raincoat/umbrella as the park offers little shelter.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sikandar Bagh

10) Sikandar Bagh

Sikandar Bagh is a villa and a four and a half acre garden surrounded by a fortified wall with loopholes, gateway and corner bastions. The garden was laid out by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan around 1800. It was later enriched and a villa was built by the last Nawab of Oudh, Wajid Ali Shah, during the first half of the 19th century, who used it as his summer residence. The garden has a little pavilion in the center, which is thought to have been the scene of innumerable performances and cultural activities, as Nawab Wajid Ali Shah has been extremely fond of his leisure interests. The place has suffered from the British attack in 1857 during the Indian Rebellion and witnessed within its walls the death of all 2,200 sepoy rebels who had made it a fortress during the Siege of Lucknow.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Botanic Garden 

11) Botanic Garden 

The Botanic Garden was founded in the first half of the 19th century. It is spread on 25 hectares (61.4 acres) in the heart of Lucknow. This Garden is patronized by the Lucknow National Botanical Research Institute. It is renown for the rich collection of over 5,000 tropical and subtropical plant species, including rare and exotic trees, shrubs and herbs. Each year the Botanic Garden becomes the hosting place for the Flower Show, a highly popular event among tourists and Lucknow residents.
Shah Najaf Imambara

12) Shah Najaf Imambara (must see)

Shah Najaf Imambara is a beautiful white-domed palace on the right bank of the Gomti River. It was built as a tribute to Prophet Muhammad's son-in-law, Maula Ali. He was also named Haider-E-Khuda, which means "Lion of Allah". The palace serves as the mausoleum for Nawab Ghazi-ud-Din Haider and his wives. The entrance to Shah Najaf Imambara leads to a wonderful garden, as well as to the richly decorated silver tomb.

Note: You will be asked to cover your head with a scarf (freely available) and remove your shoes to enter the mosque area.
Moti Mahal

13) Moti Mahal

Moti Mahal is a palace constructed by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan on the bank of Gomti River. The construction is also referred to as the “Pearl Palace” due to the color of the stone used in its raising. The royal family considered Moti Mahal as a leisure residence. They used balconies as platforms for watching birds in flight, as well as animal combats held on the riverbank. The palace also had military purpose. Thanks to its strong fortification details it was used as the citadel for tracking enemies' operations.

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